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Police stand at attention during funeral services for James Zadroga, a former New York City police detective who worked hundreds of hours at World Trade Center following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Zadroga was the first emergency responder to die as a result of exposure to dust and debris at Ground Zero, according to Michael Palladino, president of the Detectives' Endowment Association.

Funeral for Officer James Zadroga

Police stand at attention during funeral services for
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Police stand at attention during funeral services for James Zadroga, a former New York City police detective who worked hundreds of hours at World Trade Center following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Zadroga was the first emergency responder to die as a result of exposure to dust and debris at Ground Zero, according to Michael Palladino, president of the Detectives' Endowment Association.

Police stand at attention during funeral services for
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Police stand at attention during funeral services for James Zadroga, a former New York City police detective who worked hundreds of hours at World Trade Center following the September 11 terrorist attacks, is carried out of the church in North Arlington, New Jersey. Zadroga is the first emergency responder to die as a result of exposure to dust and debris at Ground Zero, according to Michael Palladino, president of the Detectives' Endowment Association. Zadroga developed black lung disease and mercury on the brain, accroding to Palladino. An autopsy report was pending.

The casket bearing the remains of James Zadroga,
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The casket bearing the remains of James Zadroga, a former New York City police detective who worked hundreds of hours at World Trade Center following the September 11 terrorist attacks, is carried out of the church in North Arlington, New Jersey. Zadroga is the first emergency responder to die as a result of exposure to dust and debris at Ground Zero, according to Michael Palladino, president of the Detectives' Endowment Association. Zadroga developed black lung disease and mercury on the brain, accroding to Palladino. An autopsy report was pending.

The casket bearing the remains of James Zadroga,
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The casket bearing the remains of James Zadroga, a former New York City police detective who worked hundreds of hours at World Trade Center following the September 11 terrorist attacks, is carried out of the church in North Arlington, New Jersey. Zadroga is the first emergency responder to die as a result of exposure to dust and debris at Ground Zero, according to Michael Palladino, president of the Detectives' Endowment Association. Zadroga developed black lung disease and mercury on the brain, accroding to Palladino. An autopsy report was pending.

Linda and Joeseph Zadroga, parents of James Zadroga,
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Linda and Joeseph Zadroga, parents of James Zadroga, follow their son's casket during the funeral for the former New York City police detective who worked hundreds hundreds of hours at World Trade Center following the September 11 terrorist attacks in North Arlington, New Jersey. Zadroga is the first emergency responder to die as a result of exposure to dust and debris at Ground Zero, according to Michael Palladino, president of the Detectives' Endowment Association. Zadroga developed black lung disease and mercury on the brain, accroding to Palladino. An autopsy report was pending.

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An officer salutes the coffin of James Zadroga,
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An officer salutes the coffin of James Zadroga, a former New York City police detective who worked hundreds of hours at World Trade Center following the September 11 terrorist attacks.

The funeral procession for retired New York police
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The funeral procession for retired New York police officer James Zadroga passes a large U.S. flag hanging over the street in North Arlington, N.J.. Zadroga, 34, who retired from the NYPD after developing respiratory problems, died Thursday in Little Egg Harbor, N.J. Zadroga spent hundreds of hours at the WTC site, according to Michael Palladino of the Detectives Endowment Association. Autopsy results are pending.

Residents watch the funeral procession James Zadroga, a
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Residents watch the funeral procession James Zadroga, a former New York City police detective who worked hundreds of hours at World Trade Center following the September 11 terrorist attacks, is carried out of the church in North Arlington, New Jersey. Zadroga is the first emergency responder to die as a result of exposure to dust and debris at Ground Zero, according to Michael Palladino, president of the Detectives' Endowment Association. Zadroga developed black lung disease and mercury on the brain, accroding to Palladino. An autopsy report was pending.

Police stand at attention during funeral services for
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Police stand at attention during funeral services for James Zadroga, a former New York City police detective who worked hundreds of hours at World Trade Center following the September 11 terrorist attacks, is carried out of the church in North Arlington, New Jersey. Zadroga is the first emergency responder to die as a result of exposure to dust and debris at Ground Zero, according to Michael Palladino, president of the Detectives' Endowment Association. Zadroga developed black lung disease and mercury on the brain, accroding to Palladino. An autopsy report was pending.